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NOTE: To help minimize the risk of COVID exposure, face masks are strongly advised for all indoor gatherings, as per current public health advisories.

Stories & More for Preschoolers: Thursdays @ 11:00 am

We’re pleased to announce the return of our weekly gatherings for preschool children and their caregivers. Program Coordinator Maryellen Paull leads a lively and interactive hour of stories, songs, crafts and other learning activities. These weekly sessions are a great way to help promote early literacy, and allow families to explore all the library has to offer. Programs take place each Thursday morning during the school year at 11:00 am. If you have questions, please contact us.

Family Fun Days: Saturdays @ 1:00 pm

Movie Matinee: January 29

This month’s feature is The Jungle Book, the 2016 animated film inspired by the classic children’s stories by Rudyard Kipling. The film is rated PG. Popcorn provided.

Michigan Notable Books

Each year, the Library of Michigan’s Notable Book list features 20 titles, published during the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan, or written by a Michigan author. Selections include a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, that appeal to many audiences and explore topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents. More than ever, this year’s selections celebrate the diverse voices and experiences that define our state. For more information about Michigan Notable Books, including interviews with Notable authors, click here. Michigan Notables are well-represented in our collection: search “Michigan Notable Books” in our catalog.

Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn: Coming soon

The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society will relate the history of the iconic Poor Farm, located just west of Maple City. The farm was established by Leelanau County in 1908, as a means of providing housing and meaningful employment to impoverished area residents. After the farm ceased operations, the property fell into disrepair, with only the barn remaining in place. LCHPS members Laurel Jeris, Barbara Siepker and Steve Stier will describe the successful efforts to preserve and rehabilitate this historic structure, and promote greater understanding of the farm’s history. Their presentation will take place in our Program Room at 7:00 pm. Note: This presentation was originally scheduled for November 30, but will be held at a date to be announced.

The Farrants of Glen Haven & Empire: Coming Soon

This presentation by the authors of The Farrants of Glen Haven and Empire: A Story Restored will shine a lens on life and times in the Leelanau peninsula, 1860s -1930s.  Early French-Canadian immigrants, the Farrant family homesteaded and farmed, managed the Sleeping Bear Inn, and went on to include lumbermen, schoolteachers, newspaper correspondents, township justices and treasurers, and more.  The story is told by author Mae Keller with Kay Bond, both Farrant descendants, and with Andrew White, a historian of the Leelanau peninsula. Note: This presentation was originally scheduled for December 7, but will be held at a later date.

Living Nations, Living Words: Remembering Chiaboos   

This poetry reading exploring Native and Hungarian perspectives was canceled until further notice. For information about the poets, see their websites: Dr. Gordon Henry , Kimberly Blaeser  and Gabor Gyukics. For more information about Native Nations poets, visit Living Nations, Living Words.

Virtual Programs, Winter-Spring 2021: Resources

Tech Tips, with Steve Stanton

How to Get the Most out of Zoom and  How to Get the Most out of your iPhone or iPad.

Dinner with Friends, Abra Berens & special guests

Evan Hanczor, Table of Contents: Changua

Shauna Sever, Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland: Nebraskan Runzas & Cassata Cake

Abra Berens, Ruffage: Featured recipes. For recordings of Abra’s programs, click here.

Evergreen Organics Michigan: Hemp Horizons

Zoom presentation; websites & reading list.